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BYOB: Happy New Year

59 Responses to “BYOB: Happy New Year”

  1. Mike Ock says:

    Happy New Year everyone. I expect nothing less in 2013 than a David Poland fullcourt press of hate, on Django Unchained for the next few months, mocking it’s supporters as blind QT fanatics who lack objectivity when viewing his new films, while HE does THE EXACT SAME THING for movies like The Master and Silver Linings Playbook.

  2. David Poland says:


    Especially funny as Django is in my Top 20.

    My issue is not that I don’t like the movie. My issue is this crazy need by some critics to turn the film into a political issue movie… which it is clearly not.

  3. Don R. Lewis says:

    Speaking of top ten+ lists for the year, mine’s in here:

    What a GREAT year for movies!! So many awesome, envelope pushing experiences….that failed badly at the box office. I hope that more brave cinema comes forth though, maybe on a smaller budget?

  4. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Happy 2013 HotBloggers.

    Not to get maudlin right from the word go but it’s so depressing reading these Best Of lists from various websites. Its like the same one xeroxed 1000 times. Do any of these bloggers watch foreign films?

    Those Best Of lists from Film Threat show how much that site has really become a whisper of its former glory days. Film Threat?!?! Now that’s funny. Look at how safe, mainstream, pedestrian all those choices are. Does anyone remember when Film Threat actually broke new ground in discovering interesting films and not just content to tow the line in the hunt for the ever-decreasing ad clicks.

  5. Think says:

    Didn’t you say Robert Rodriguez could have made DJANGO? That’s like saying Wayman Tisdale could have been Jordan.

  6. Lex says:

    And yet DJANGO is, basically, the same movie, the same joke, as MACHETE. Obviously Tarantino is a way more skilled writer, and RR’s directorial chops have gone WAY downhill since 1995, and Machete is pretty fucking awful. But at this point their shared “exploitation homage” deal courses so much through either of their stuff, it’s harder and harder to tell them apart.

  7. Prettok says:

    I finally saw ‘The Intouchables’. I thought it was a great film. Was there any controversy over the change of the caregiver’s ethnicity? In real life he was Algerian, but the movie made him West African. Turning him into a member of a less problematic minority group ( for France) was a strange cop-out. It would be like doing an adaptation of ‘The Help’, and making all the maids Eskimos.

  8. bulldog68 says:

    I loved Django, and it sits maybe in the bottom half of my Top Ten this year. But I’m still waiting for a QT film that is not an homage to something else. It’s like he’s in film school forever doing Spaghetti Western 101, Crime 101, Kung Fu 101, Nazi 101. I guess it’s a good living once you can find it. We know what his version/vision of these other movies are, but where is his true originality?

  9. Hope I won’t be dissapointed in 2013 by major tentpole pictures from Hollywood like I was in 2012. I was so naive. Guess I should stick with indie films this year.

  10. jennab says:

    Agree with posters that Django is over-rated; moments of authentic horror mitigated by unrelenting ridiculousness. Not a huge QT fan, but Inglourious is one of my all-time favs, this feels like a re-tread.

    Lincoln…m’eh. Can’t help but see DDL’s performance as Ben Still parody of DDl’s performance; thought Sally Field was super-strong, Tommy Lee hams it up, Honeybaked style. Would think it may win for script.

    Silver Linings…sigh. Cooper & Lawrence very likable, great chemistry. Really? At one time De Niro was a great actor? Okay, if you say so. Scene where all try to convince rival bookie to take Eagles/Dallas bet + spread on dance competition was so awkward and contrived. But yay for might Led Zep finally licensing.

    This is 40, lazy and meandering. Asian chick SO unfunny, I would say she brought the film to a screeching halt, but it was so slow-moving, she brought it to more of a rolling stop. Judd, we get it, you wife needs constant reassurance that she’s beautiful, please don’t waste screen time on said endeavor…and maybe a little less improv, a little more structure?

    What a holiday Grinch I’m being, believe me, I’m bummed nothing has yet knocked me off my socks. I do see flicks as a casual movie-goer and not a geek…must see Master and force myself to see Les Mis; if it’s worse than Mama Mia, will gouge out my ears.

    Happy New Year, guys!!

  11. Joe Leydon says:

    As I Tweeted last night: I felt more than a little melancholy watching TV last night and noting that Dick Clark will never again toast in the new year with us. Now I understand how folks of an earlier generation felt when Guy Lombardo shuffled off stage. I mean no disrespect to Ryan Seacrest, but I really cannot see people having the emotional attachment to him that Clark and Lombardo claimed every Dec. 31.

    Of course, I also wonder if any current or future late-night TV host will command the affection that Johnny Carson did — and David Letterman arguably still does. I’m not going to say that no one else is as funny or facile as these two gentlemen. But, again, I don’t see the emotional attachment. Maybe it’s a generational thing.

  12. Prettok says:

    If Ryan Seacrest is still hosting New Years Eve in thirty years time, than yeah, people will defnitely have an emotional attachment to him.
    The very fact that you include the elder statesmen (Lombardo/Carson) in your argument as well as Clark/Letterman would seem to prove that it is, in fact, a “generational thing”. There will always be somebody new to take over.

    Speaking of which. Now that Letterman has celebrated thirty years in late night, and is still going; has he officially surpassed Carson as the king of late night?

  13. sanj says:

    will Seacrest host when idol finally gets cancelled ?
    why so much pressure on doing something that lasts 3 hours ? maybe these will end up costing the network too much money and they’ll just put up an infomercial at midnight instead.

    generational thing is totally working with the best picture lists of 2012 – Django – Lincoln – Argo – a few others – all these are made for movie bloggers over 30 + – maybe over 40 years .

    ask some teens for their list – hunger games – twilight – avengers – spiderman – would be at top …

    also i spent a lot of time commenting on dp/30’s – requests and reviews – and yet DP didn’t care to respond
    to most of it – even if he told me i was totally wrong.
    not the greatest way to build fan community with the dp/30’s … i was the only one to post my favorite dp/30 of 2012 – i took the effort to watch a lot of them and not
    just the super popular actors / hot actors …

    i still have no desire to discuss box office numbers or movie review with DP ..

    makes me wonder how DP would respond to people asking about dp/30’s 10 years from now … the dp/30’s aren’t a tv show – does DP expect people to remember details about the dp/30 if you actually find it awesome ?
    how huge is the dp/30 fan base around the world ?
    DP pretty much owns Sudance and Toronto .

    also – y Joe – if your reading this – i still like your Ethan Hawke interview – i rememeber it …. try for another interview.

  14. sanj says:

    Emily Somers – she hasn’t done much acting but probably should get a dp/30 – cause she did theatre and DP loves
    theatre actors – it’ll take a couple years before she’s in
    something big and everybody else notices her.

    if DP doesn’t find her first for interview – i want some other big movie critics to interview her …

    at least she can get a LexG LOOK AT HER!!!

    Emily Somers –

  15. Don R. Lewis says:

    I take your point BUT….don’t let those top ten’s do a bait and switch on what Film Threat is all about. Phil Hall’s list is ALL indie and foreign films and I’d say 80% of Film Threat’s daily stuff is never-heard-of indies. Look on the site right now, our editor Mark Bell reviews about 5 indie shorts and “festival only” movies a DAY. He still travels to about 20 tiny fests a year and reviews films at them as well.

    We also have under the radar columns from Ondi Timoner on the world of documentary filmmaking (BYOD: Bring Your Own Doc) and we have a column by foreign distributor Hammad Zaidi.There’s TONS of stuff for indie minded fans and filmmakers to pick over.

    Ad revenue is down but it’s ESPECIALLY down for us at Film Threat because the smaller stuff we cover the most of doesn’t have shit for a publicity budget. We don’t get the ads like MCN or everyone else, we’re a tiny niche. So I think you’re wrong about that too.

    As for me, and I hate to be a dick about it, I just don’t have enough interest or time in the day to dredge through the (literally) thousands of indie films submitted to us at Film Threat each month. I used to not mind it, but it just wore me down. My interest lies in the more mainstream indie releases and I think my list reflects that. I still LOVE catching under the radar films at festivals, but I have too much going on to wade through the stuff submitted to us on a daily basis.

  16. Randy Mathew says:

    My top list for the year 2012 is Django Unchained and The Hobbit. Movies like these are top rated and hoping to see more on this year 2013.

  17. Mark Bell says:

    I don’t think JDB read the entire Film Threat post, just the top two lists. If you read the whole thing, you see our writers selecting foreign films, documentaries, short films… the films on the top of the list were the only films that overlapped on more than one list, maybe a fourth of all the films named in that post.

    I’m willing to take criticism of FT, it happens all the time, but to say we only cover mainstream and neglect new voices is just wrong. If you want to see coverage of new filmmakers and films, and discover something different, check in daily; don’t just write the site off because you half-read one post out of the entire year.

  18. sanj says:

    so i was going to watch entertainment tonight but i got bored with that and watched Jacki Weaver dp/30 – DP was way
    too happy in this interview and went off topic quite a few times….but the most interesting part is how Jacki and DP both seemed to agree that this cast is the most amazing ever and how amazing actors they are.

    if Robert De Niro is so amazing he should come down and get himself a dp/30 .

    overall – this was a nice easy boring interview .
    did i learn anything new about silver linings playbook – not so much .

    the Sally Field and Naomi Watts dp/30 were a bit boring but even those were better.

  19. YancySkancy says:

    bulldog: Seems like QT is always held to a higher standard re “originality.” As compared to what? The incredibly high standard of originality in other studio films? His stuff is always a pastiche, sure, but he often combines genres in a way that feels personal and rather original. Almost every filmmaker pays homage (intentionally or not) to those who came before, even if only by using the kind of techniques that have become standard issue over the years.

    jennab: Allow me to reprise my occasional rant against the word “overrated.” It kinda drives me nuts. Even though we all know that opinions about film are subjective, “overrated” seems to suggest there’s a “right” opinion that others are missing. No one can tell me I “overrate” something. I rate it exactly the way I see it. How someone else sees it is, or should be, immaterial to how I form my own opinion. I’d almost go so far as to say if you think something is “overrated,” you’re wrong, by definition. You can say it’s awful, or mediocre, or that you don’t understand why others rate it highly. But when you say something is overrated, you imply that your personal rating is the correct one. I’m not saying you believe that’s the case–only that it inevitably comes off that way.

  20. StellaPD says:

    What if, by stating that something is overrated, it is a reaction to the general consensus rather than a single individual’s opinion? Say something has a 95% on RT and is universally adored, and I dislike it. Am I wrong to say it’s overrated if I’m responding not to you specifically but the overall reaction to it?

  21. hcat says:

    Does the same apply to underrated?

    Isn’t overrated an opinion the same as mediocre or genius? Aren’t you doing the same thing you are accusing the other person of in claiming their opinion is ‘wrong’. It is merely a clarification that you hold something in higher or lower esteem than the general consensus. When saying something is overrated the speaker is referring to her opinion not yours. I do not recall anyone ever writing or saying “You overrate this.”

  22. Bulldog68 says:

    I get what you’re saying Yancy, but to me QT’s whole bit is homages, not that I don’t enjoy them, but he just doesn’t make movies, he makes movies that are tributes to other movies. I honestly believe that he fills each and every frame with his absolute love for what he’s done, so his passion is unmistakable. But will there ever come a time when what feels like a genuine moment happens, not because it was ultra cool.

    It’s ironic that my favorite QT scene was written by him but directed by Tony Scott. That conversation between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken in True Romance is eternal. With QT’s direction, I’m not so sure he would have let that scene breathe the way Scott did.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am no QT hater, and Django was one of my top films this year, but I’d like to see him play in his own sandbox awhile, not run around in someone elses.

  23. hcat says:

    I would think that Dogs, Pulp, and even Jackie Brown would count as his sandbox. I don’t think any of those films can be seen as homages to disreputable genres like Kill Bill, Death Proof, Basterds or Django clearly are. Jackie Brown might star Pam Grier but its not in any way a Coffy remake and with Forester’s performance had a lot of genuine moments.

  24. YancySkancy says:

    When you say something is overrated, the unstated implication is “by whom?” Look, I realize some of this is just semantics, but I stand by my assertion that the concept of “overrating” implies that there’s a correct rating–your own. I said that I don’t think that’s the intention of most people who use the word, but technically that’s what’s they’re saying: “Those who rate this film higher than me are wrong.”

    Since I reject the premise of the word, I think I can get away with saying that people who contend that something is overrated are therefore “wrong.” If there’s no correct rating, then yours is no more correct than any other.

    As for how it relates to a consensus, I get the distinction, but again, I’m not sure a consensus can be “wrong.” It’s just an aggregate of opinions, and it can be hard to define. It’s all based on approximations derived from things like RT, or anecdotal evidence of “everyone I’ve talked to.” I do agree that most people who say something is “overrated” are probably referring to a perceived consensus rather than dissing an individual opinion. But I don’t get why it’s not better and more accurate to simply say “Other people seem to like this more than I do.” To me, “overrated” is not synonymous with this, though I suppose it is to those who use it.

    I suppose the same caveat would hold true for “underrated,” but who cares? When we call something “underrated,” we’re complimenting it. Nobody gets upset when you say something is underrated. :)

  25. hcat says:

    Wouldn’t saying something is underrated imply that the person finds your taste lacking?

    “I think the work of Bent Hamer is underrated, but you can’t force quality on the mouth-breathers.”

    People can be upset about that. Over and under are merely stating where your tastes end up in relation to what has already been said, not a refutiation on where the consensus is.

  26. YancySkancy says:

    hcat: Your first point is well taken.

    But “consensus” is such a slippery thing, I don’t like to use it as a factor in forming or expressing my opinion (though that’s easier said than done sometimes).

  27. hcat says:

    I can see how it is slippery since it isn’t something that is immediatly quantifiable, but by consensus we could be talking about Rotten Tomatoes or like JennaB simply the comments on the thread that were there before. People praised Django and she said overrated to express the difference in opinion, so in this thread she was comparing her opinion to the consensus, and even as thin-skinned as people can be when posting in forums I doubt anyone took her comments to be a challenge to their taste as movie fans.

  28. Don R. Lewis says:

    I watched this weeks AMERICAN HORROR STORY last night and while I was a bit annoyed at the ending twist. that Jessica Lange scene linked above was fucking fantastic.

    And in regards to “overrated” -vs- “underrated,” I’ve always considered “underrated” to mean “not widely seen or covered” rather than didn’t get praise it deserved. I’d think “overlooked” or “unfairly dismissed” is a better companion to “overrated.”

  29. YancySkancy says:

    Don: I don’t get that. “Overlooked” suggests “underseen,” while “unfairly dismissed” is basically the same thing as “underrated.” Why replace “underrated” with what is basically a synonym?

    Okay, I think the dead horse may be even deader now. :)

  30. Rashad says:

    HCAT: Except there are more homages in Pulp than in Django.

  31. christian says:

    “With QT’s direction, I’m not so sure he would have let that scene breathe the way Scott did.”

    Since QT has far more instances of “breath” in his films than TS, I do doubt that. And that scene works because it’s basically a back and forth shot. No camera pyrotechnics at all. I can’t think of another great TS dialogue scene outside the one QT wrote.

  32. hcat says:

    But Rashad, the film itself is not an update of some UHF late late movie gem. There is not a grindhouse equivelent that you can compare Pulp to in style or tone. Granted its been years since I have watched them, but upon their releases I don’t recall them being pointed out for being homages or knockoffs.

    Perhaps its because crime movies are more prevelant than chop-socky or spagehtti westerns that they don’t seem like such exercises in genre hopping.

    As far as the breathing, it would take someone with much more time than myself but I do wonder what is the longest unbroken camera shot in Tony Scott’ body of work. I honestly wouldn’t be suprised if its in that scene.

  33. Don R. Lewis says:

    A good example is IN BRUGES. It was underseen and therefore, overlooked but as people caught it later, it became more esteemed. I wouldn’t say that film was underrated, it’s just that no one “rated” it early on because no one saw it.

    Giddy up!

  34. hcat says:

    So say something like Mean Streets that wasn’t a big hit upon release but garnered more attention once everyone hit it big would be underseen? overlooked? rediscovered? found?

  35. Don R. Lewis says:

    Overlooked is my vote….which I guess is technically the same as underseen in my mind? I don’t even know any more.

  36. Rashad says:

    Well, unlike most, I find Django to be Tarantino’s leanest in regards to his reverence to past movies. The only real noticeable thing was the Nero cameo. Other than that, and the title, it doesn’t bear much resemblance to those old Westerns. (And yes, there are those quick zooms, and pans, but he’s been doing that for a long time now, it’s as part of his style as it is a genre’s.)

    In other news, Killing Them Softly is very underrated. Does anyone not like low key crime dramas anymore? It’s short, and to the point. Great fucking movie.

  37. SamLowry says:

    I just rented Looper and was surprised to see it up for any awards because I thought it was, well, what’s a good academic word that means “nonsense” and “garbage”? It’s one of those movies that feels great while you’re watching it but the moment the credits roll and you start thinking about it everything falls apart, so it wasn’t a surprise to find “Looper’s Time Travel Paradoxes”, which points out that, yes, many parts of the movie don’t make sense, and “Ten Mysteries in ‘Looper’ Explained by Director Rian Johnson”, where even the director admits that some aspects of the movie weren’t thought out very carefully. (For one, if murdering people in the future is so problematic that they have to resort to time travel, why did they flat-out murder Joe’s girlfriend? And here’s one Johnson didn’t even attempt to explain: are the courts in the ultra-tech future so inept that they can’t convict anyone of murder without the presence of a body?)

    I thought In Time, which compares well to Looper, had it’s own share of problems, but aside from the lack of a backstory showing how we got here at least that movie made sense from beginning to end.

  38. sanj says:

    behind the scenes pictures of the breakfast club – this movie needs a dp/30 – 8 actors = no dp/30 – DP get on this .

  39. Rashad says:

    They didn’t murder the woman on purpose. It was an accident, and it’s clearly shown as such in the movie. They burned the house down to try and cover that up.

    And why does Johnson have to explain anything about the courts? The movie isn’t about that whatsoever.

    I swear people get so caught up in minute details, they just try and ruin movies.

  40. SamLowry says:

    The courts are a biggie because it’s made perfectly clear in the movie that committing murder in the future is so impossible to conceal that they have to resort to sending their hits back in time just so their nano implants don’t go off in the present day (yes, Johnson mentions that in the second article). Johnson even admits in the same piece that the fire was their half-assed attempt to conceal her murder, but if they thought there was even a remote chance of that working then why would they bother with time travel in the first place? They’ve been conditioned for years to always send their victims back in the time machine, but in this case they figure, eh, what the hell? No, the certainty of discovery was so impossible to avoid that they shouldn’t have even been carrying guns.

    If you read that interview with Johnson, it’s abundantly clear that the movie he ended up releasing was in itself rather half-assed.

    The biggest problem, by far, is that the movie shows us repeatedly that things don’t happen in the future until after events are triggered in the present (the Old Seth escape sequence lays this right out for us), and yet Old Joe makes it his mission to stop the Rainmaker, who couldn’t have existed in Joe’s old age timeline because the Rainmaker wasn’t created until after Joe came back in the time machine to stop him (that paradox is revealed in the first article).

    And if that isn’t problematic enough for you, then why, pray tell, was Old Joe so upset about the closing of his loop, which he knew was going to happen for 30 years, anyway (thus the gold payday and all that)–it’s like vowing to kill the mailman because he dared to bring you this month’s Comcast bill. Even Young Joe knew that was the cost of taking the job; the Rainmaker had nothing to do with it and just happened to be the new crime boss in town.

    The movie is full of flaws like that. If Johnson wanted to show us why the first Old Joe meekly met his execution but the second fought back because SOMETHING HAS CHANGED, then Johnson should have shown Young Joe doing something (the murder of the Rainmaker’s aunt would have been an easy solution but that event went nowhere) to create that change. He didn’t, but his older self did, and only after going back in time to stop something that he created during that same time loop?!?

    Movies like this highlight just how difficult it is to make a well-thought-out time travel movie. Like Bill & Ted.

    On a related note, I caught the Doctor Who holiday special over break and was irked to see the tank missile problem. Twice now we’ve seen him position the TARDIS in exactly the right spot to catch one character who twice leaped into the void to what should have been a certain death, and yet in this episode he failed to do the same thing and let her die. That’s the tank missile problem (thanks to Iron Man)–we know the solution’s there because he’s already used it, but for some unknown reason he fails to use it again.

  41. sanj says:

    DP – any new dp/30’s coming up – you gotta start hyping your stuff – put bigger pictures of the actors on the front page and put them in big neon lights.
    maybe this year get some tv network to actually put them on … comedy central / animal planet / weather network . somebody.

    3 minutes of extra weirdness – LexG might like this the most.

    Demi Lovato on The Eric André Show

  42. sanj says:

    watched Lightning Bug 2004

    — i hated this movie – the 2 mothers – none of that really
    made much sense.

    – the plot is all over the place

    – small indie film which i didn’t mind

    – some decent casting

    – 30 minutes too long

  43. sanj says:

    watched –

    DP/30 @ TIFF: Antiviral, wr/dir Brandon Cronenberg, actors Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon – pretty good –
    Caleb has some interesting answers to questions – would
    like dp/30 with just him – intense like Sam Jackson.

    DP/30: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, actor Logan Lerman – generic answers. 7/10

    DP/30 @ TIFF: The Hunt, co-writer/director Thomas Vinterberg – not bad. kept touching his face a lot.
    7.5 / 10

  44. sanj says:

    hey DP – cut the Caleb Landry Jones part of the interview and put it out as a sneek peek – then put some text at the end ” watch the full interview with the youtube channel”
    – this could be huge online if done this way .
    if what he said surprised me – it’ll probably surprise a lot of people .

  45. sanj says:

    new audio podcast with Erinn Hayes – the most interesting part is the first 12 minutes where she talks about gun control …gets emotional – wasn’t expecting that….the rest is about acting and stuff . it’s usually the big name
    celebrity actors who have opinions that get noticed ..

    nerdist – Erinn Hayes

  46. sanj says:

    does this actually mean anything or is this award show fake ?

    people’s choice winners for movies –

    Favourite Comedic Movie Actress – Jennifer Aniston
    Favourite Movie Actress – Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
    Favourite Comedic Movie Actor – Adam Sandler
    Favourite Movie Actor – Robert Downey, Jr. (The Avengers)
    Favourite Movie Superhero – Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man)
    Favourite Humanitarian – Sandra Bullock
    Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress – Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
    Favourite Dramatic Movie – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Favourite Face of Heroism – Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
    Favourite Movie Fan Following – Twilight franchise
    Favourite Movie – The Hunger Games
    Favourite Movie Franchise – The Hunger Games
    Favourite Action Movie – The Hunger Games
    Favourite Onscreen Chemistry – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games)
    Favourite Movie Icon – Meryl Streep
    Favourite Action Movie Star – Chris Hemsworth
    Favourite Comedic Movie – Ted
    Favourite Dramatic Movie Actor – Zac Efron

  47. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Sanj, you forgot “Favourite Award We’re Inventing As An Excuse To Give This Person An Award”.

    I thought Canadia had lost the extra “u” just like the US too…

  48. sanj says:

    fake award show or not – if it gets on tv – the big actors come….

    why isn’t there a new byob just about oscar nominations …

    now that the list it out people might want to watch the dpé30`s with actors and directors …there`s like 40 different ones that are now nominated. DP shoulg get a little credit for that …

  49. sanj says:

    i don’t like this song but the cinematography is really nice – movie quality – directed by Emil Nava

    pretty good acting by the blond girl – Isabel Lucas
    who needs a dp/30 . she’s in a few new movies coming up..
    was in red dawn 2012 which nobody watched.

    since none of my dp/30 requests never come through i expect DP to find her like a year from now .
    but if LexG gives her a LOOK AT HER!!! then other
    movie critics will find out about her faster. yt

    Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love [Official Video]

  50. sanj says:

    comic Nick Kroll writes about his favorite movies –

    Nick has his own tv show coming out on comedy central ..

    Bobby Bottleservice’s top 10 most awesomeist moviez of 2012

    #7: The Guilt Trip

    Basically dis movie wuz most definitely about bein in a car with your motha while drivin very much a great distancez. It wuz absolutely resembeling real life insomuchas sometimes u forget dat your motha is a SAINT and dat she is right bout a great many thingz in and out of your most personal life. So thank u very muchly mister Seth Rogaine :)

    top 10 list here – yes its written like this..

  51. sanj says:

    i like the song and video – 95% of the video is computer made and in one green color .

    i learn so much about directing from music videos than
    like movies.

    it does suck that DP doesn’t have more music video directors for dp/30’s .

    remember i asked for Francis Lawerence ? he did so many of my favorite music videos like Lady Gaga …now hes
    directing the hunger games movies … so yay for him for finally getting noticed by a whole other demographic.

    anybody have any cool music videos ? anybody reading this ?

    It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

  52. sanj says:

    slow news day i guess. this is in a real newspaper.

    With the U.S. national debt standing at more than $16-trillion (U.S.), the White House says it absolutely cannot spend $850-quadrillion on a Star Wars-inspired “Death Star” super-weapon.

  53. sanj says:

    seems like a crazy time for Jennifer Lawerence – she’s in every award thing where they take pictures isn’t she suppposed to be making the hunger games ? at least she seems like she’s working harder than most of the LOOK AT HER!! actresses out there .

    all this awards stuff is going to die down but i hope she gets at least 2 dp/30’s a year .

    you know who could easily get 2 dp.30’s a year ? Natalie Portman …somehow DP got lucky got a interview then totally forgot about her.

    she won that oscar and every movie critic forgot about Portman . i don’t know how thats possible. LOOK AT HER!!!

    at least Portman is cashing in with perfume ads …

    Natalie Portman for Miss Dior

  54. sanj says:

    i was kinda hyped with watching girls / hbo … new season.

    seems like an indie movie and a kinda bad one…not the actors fault – just the dialog was boring.

    anyways – nice to see Lena Dunham being super famous enough not to do a dp/30….

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“With every table in the dining room occupied and me, the only waiter, neglecting the needs of a good fifty patrons, I approached Roth. Holding out Balls as a numbness set into the muscles of my face, I spoke. “Sir, I’ve heard you say that you don’t read fiction anymore, but I’ve just had my first novel published and I’d like to give you a copy.”

“His eyes lifting from his iPhone, he took the book from my hands. He congratulated me. Then, staring at the cover, he said, “Great title. I’m surprised I didn’t think of it myself.”

“These words worked on me like a hit of morphine. Like two hits. It felt as if I was no longer the occupant of my own body. The legs had gone weak, the ears warmed, the eyes watered, the heart rate increased rapidly. Barely able to keep myself upright, I told him, “Thank you.”

“Then Roth, who, the world would learn sixteen days later, was retiring from writing, said, in an even tone, with seeming sincerity, “Yeah, this is great. But I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”

“I managed, “It’s too late, sir. There’s no turning back. I’m in.”

“Nodding slowly, he said to me, “Well then, good luck.”

“After which I went back to work.”
~ Julian Tepper

“Any form of physical or sexual assault is a very serious matter, potentially a legal matter. But I’m also wondering, what about having some kind of “extreme asshole” clause? I know lots of people who have been abused verbally and psychologically. That’s traumatizing, too. What do we do with that?  It takes a lot of energy to be an asshole. The people I admire most just aren’t interested in things that take away from their ability to make stuff. The people I really respect, and that I’ve met who fit this definition, have a sense of grace about them, because they know that there is no evolving and there is no wisdom without humility. You can’t get better if you behave in a way that shuts people off. You can’t! You don’t have all the ideas necessary to solve something. You don’t! I’m sure if you spoke to Harvey in his heyday and said to him what I just said to you, he would believe that he accomplished all that he had because of the way he behaved.”
~ Steven Soderbergh